Washington (CNN) - The fallout over U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial comments on rape jolted Republicans nationally on Monday and threatened longer-term consequences for them, potentially reviving the "war on women" debate and possibly hurting their campaign to win control of the Senate.
Republican leaders let out a collective groan when Akin claimed in a television interview on Sunday that "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy, saying that "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
(CNN) – In the midst of a heated national debate over voter identification laws nationwide, the Justice Department approved Monday of Virginia's new voter identification law.
Virginia's new law requires voters to present a valid form of identification at the polls. Otherwise, voters can cast a provisional ballot and later present an ID within a few days following Election Day for their vote to count.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign spent more money than it raised last month.
His team took in $49.2 million in July but spent $59 million, according to the campaign's monthly filing with the Federal Election Commission released Monday.
Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The Republican Party is once again set to enshrine into its official platform support for "a human life amendment" to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest, according to draft language of the platform obtained exclusively by CNN late Monday.
"Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed," the draft platform declares. "We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children."
(CNN) – The Republican National Committee chairman called on Rep. Todd Akin Monday to exit the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, even urging the congressman not to attend the party's convention next week in Tampa.
"I would prefer that Todd Akin do the right thing for our party and our candidates, and I would prefer him not come," Reince Priebus said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."
St. Charles, Missouri (CNN) - Fresh off the heels of Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comments, his constituents in Missouri's 2nd Congressional District seemed to share mixed feelings on his response and whether they'll be supporting him or not in his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
"I cringed," Beverly Johnson said from the front porch of the store she works at in historic St. Charles.
(CNN) – The nation's largest tea party political action committee, the Tea Party Express, is calling on Rep. Todd Akin to step down as Missouri's Republican nominee for a Senate seat on Monday following controversial comments the congressman made about rape.
Answering a question about whether he thought abortion should be legal in cases of rape, Akin said in an interview Sunday that in instances of "legitimate rape" the female body has ways of stopping a potential pregnancy. Video of the interview was posted online by the liberal super PAC American Bridge.
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was rumored to be a potential V.P. pick for Mitt Romney, gave new details Monday on the moment he learned his name would not appear on the ballot as Romney's running mate.
At a press conference in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Christie said Romney e-mailed him on Aug. 10, the night before the presumptive GOP nominee announced Rep. Paul Ryan as his pick.
Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) – Mitt Romney's vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan visited campaign headquarters in Boston for the first time Monday.
For many staffers it was their first time meeting Ryan in person because he has been traveling non-stop to battleground states since he became the Republican's running mate on August 11.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 20, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING: AKIN ON THE ROPES… After using the term “legitimate rape,” Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri has been peppered with calls to withdraw from his senate race on Monday.
The National Republican Senate Committee told CNN’s Dana Bash that, “It was communicated to the Congressman Akin that the NRSC will be pulling out if he stays in the race – currently have $5m reserved – expressed concern that him staying in the race could put the majority at risk.”
Akin, however, rejected the idea of stepping down – telling Sean Hannity that, “I was told that a decision has to be made by 5 o'clock tomorrow, but I was calling you and letting you know that I am announcing today that that we're going to stay in.”
Facts: According to CNN’s Robert Yoon, if a nominee for statewide office wants to withdraw after August 21, he/she may do so if there is no additional cost for printing or reprinting ballots or if he or she is willing to pay those costs. Then, he or she can withdraw through a court order, but that action must be taken before the sixth Tuesday before the general election.” (which is Tuesday, September 25th) Once withdrawn, it is up to the “state committee of the party” to pick a replacement candidate for statewide offices.